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Skegness to Hunstanton sea taxi could forge links across The Wash

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: April 10, 2013

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A SEA taxi to link the resorts of Skegness and Hunstanton is to be investigated in a bid to boost tourism in the area.

Skegness councillors have agreed to explore the possibility of forging links across The Wash to mutually benefit the two towns and make the most of one of the area's most valuable assets – the sea.

A motion was put forward to Skegness Town Council by Councillor Carl Macey after hearing of sea tours run in Hunstanton which currently service the North Norfolk coast.

Further investigation of the idea was welcomed by fellow members who felt a link across The Wash could bring in new visitors to both resorts.

Councillor Jim Carpenter, said: "A lot of people I have spoken to said it would be a good idea to have such a facility. I suppose business people would say you are taking people from Skegness to Hunstanton but it would work the other way too."

Councillor Neil Cooper, praised the 'outside the box' thinking and said he had been on the Hunstanton vessel last summer.

He added: "I am aware that they had thought about running a service to Skegness. There are lots of regulations around it because you have to have the same licences as a North Sea ferry.

"If a few people came from Hunstanton to Skegness who traditionally holiday in Hunstanton because they don't know what Skegness is like, if they actually see the place they might want to come and stay."

Councillor Mark Smith highlighted the success of the Boston Belle river cruises which he described as 'fantastic'.

Councillor Dennis, who seconded the motion, and Councillor Macey said they were happy to research the idea further and bring a report back.

The Target contacted Searles who run the Sea Tours in Hunstanton

William Searle, said: "If Skegness do get in touch we could do a feasibility study but I haven't heard anything as yet."

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  • Listener  |  April 11 2013, 12:52AM

    Yes a great idea, but it is not new. Many years ago the idea was suggested, but rejected. If I remember correctly it was feared that it would take people away from the businesses the then current officials owned. Another excuse was, where would these boats board and alight? The pier was a good idea, as in ancient times the steam boats used to moor at the pier, but of course the late 70s wrecker of a storm put paid to that! The first steam boat trips, organised by the Skegness Steam Boat Co., began in 1882 and they were soon to become very popular. There were trips around The Wash and up to the Lynn Well Lightship, but the most popular excursion was the trip to Hunstanton, where most people travelled the extra eight miles to visit the royal residence at Sandringham. I personally hope it comes to fruition, but I expect the modern day licence expenses will make it non-viable for all but the wealthy. D.P. in Lincolnshire.

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  • Pru_Freda  |  April 10 2013, 8:54PM

    How exactly is it a sea taxi? Would I be able to stumble out of a seafront pub and ring for a ride home? The reason that it would need the same licences as a North Sea ferry is that it woul be a ferry operating in the North Sea.

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  • VictorToo  |  April 10 2013, 1:40PM

    Having visited Hunstanton, apart from the Sea Life Centre, people are more likely to travel from there to here than the other way round. The key as peeunit says will be the crossing time and the ferry used. So long as it's reasonably quick and comfortable, it could well be a profitable enterprise.

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  • peeunit  |  April 10 2013, 10:04AM

    I think this is a great idea. What is it, about 18 miles? I think the key to making it work would be to get the crossing to within an hour. The biggest challenge would be to make it as cost effective as a family of 4 driving there. It would create a few jobs, and would benefit tourism to a degree. I'd use it..... If I lived in Skegness. Or Hunstanton.

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  • skellylifer  |  April 10 2013, 9:52AM

    I'd love to see the business plane behind this joke.

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